My trouble isn't with the Amazon app, it is with attempting to install 3rd
party apps as well as moving apps to the SD card.
On Thu, May 14, 2015 at 2:02 PM Verizon Wireless Customer Support <
Ever since lollipop I haven't been able to update or install new apps and it's very annoying. I've tried all the fixes. Always has a problem after downloading during the install phase. I get a package helper error. I've stopped that process cleared cache and restarted and nothing same thing everytime. Very annoying to pay for a phone and it not work because of Verizons update.
As stated earlier, the link early in the thread has the fix. Like others, I could not install Google Play apps, I couldn't install Amazon apps, I could not move apps to my SD card. I would reboot my phone and get the Package Helper error as well. Pull your SD card (unmounting it didn't work for me). Once I did that and turned my phone back on, an Amazon app that kept on failing finally installed. Once that completed, Google Play application installs worked again. Just to verify, I put the SD card back in and promptly received the Package Helper error and I was, yet again, unable to install Amazon apps. Removing the card made the error go away and got the Amazon install working properly. I then tried this with another SD card that was newly formatted and the problem happened again.
If support is still following this thread, it is not a problem with Google Play, Amazon or SD cards. It has to do with the latest upgrades. I've been on other threads where support has had people wipe their phones and start from scratch only to find out that they are worse off since they can't even get their applications back onto their phones. The worst part of this problem is that I found that many of my apps (set to auto-update) were still waiting. The only way I could update Google Play apps with my SD card installed is to select each one individually and click update. That is a major hassle for 30+ updates that needed to be processed. If I tried Update All, the process would hang until I rebooted my phone.
This does not appear to be related to third party software. I have isolated the problem to a failure of the Package Manager to properly request a directory creation in asec (or the failure of the requested allocation to occur). The relevant logcat is below:
I/PackageHelper(30558): createSdDir with ext4
D/MountService( 1188): :::: createSecureContainer :: id = smdl1219738106.tmp, sizeMb = 254, fstype = ext4, ownerUid = 10008, external = true
D/Vold ( 299): VolumeManager::createAsec -> id(smdl1219738106.tmp), numSectors(520192) fstype(ext4) isExternal(1)
E/Vold ( 299): Couldn't find ASEC name (smdl1219738106.tmp)
D/Vold ( 299): calling ftruncate num 271667712